Upcoming junior doctor strikes — advice for the public

ANYONE needing emergency medical care during strikes by junior doctors next week is being urged to still come forward.

A spokesperson for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said plans were in place to ensure patients continue to receive safe and effective care and, while some services may be impacted, patients with planned appointments should attend as normal unless contacted directly by the trust.

Across the country, junior doctors are due to hold industrial action from 7am next Wednesday, June 14, until 7am on Saturday, June 17. 

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Junior doctors are qualified doctors in clinical training, ranging from newly qualified to those with many years’ experience.

Dr Jo Beahan, medical director at the trust, said: “As with previous strikes, we are working with colleagues to put plans in place to support our wards and departments throughout this period of industrial action. 

Patients whose appointments have to be rearranged will be contacted directly. 

“If we do not contact you, please attend your appointment as planned.

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“Our services will remain open for those that need our help and anyone who needs urgent medical attention should attend our Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. 

“As always, we ask people to use emergency services appropriately. 

“The Urgent and Emergency Care Centre is for those in need of urgent medical care. 

“If anyone is unsure of the best place for them to receive advice, visit www.111.nhs.uk.”

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The British Medical Association announced the 72-hours strike in response to the government’s five per cent pay increase offer.

Taking to Twitter, the junior doctors' group said their pay had been cut by 26.1 per cent since 2008, adding: "The government know this is not a credible offer, it’s a delaying tactic.

"They’ve left us with no option but to return to the picket lines."